Leading into last month’s trade deadline, there was plenty of speculation that the Sharks may be looking to do something with one of their goaltenders. While San Jose has been among the top scoring teams in the league all season, they’ve struggled at keeping the puck out of their own net and sit last in the league in save percentage. Despite that, head coach Peter DeBoer told reporters, including Paul Gackle of the Mercury News, that they had no interest in moving one of their two goalies. Backup Aaron Dell has struggled considerably this season but has two good seasons in that role under his belt, not to mention another year on his contract at $1.9MM which could have limited his potential market somewhat anyway.
Elsewhere in the Pacific:
- Ilya Kovalchuk’s somewhat strange month continues. The winger did not accompany the Kings on their three-game road trip, reports Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider. Instead, he’s staying back in Los Angeles to work with their skill and development staff. Kovalchuk voiced his frustration over being a healthy scratch last week but it appears that will be continuing for at least the next three games.
- Acquiring quality puck-moving defensemen has been an issue over the years for the Oilers which means that they may have to turn to one of their top trade chips this offseason to try to get one. With that in mind, David Staples of the Edmonton Journal suggests that moving center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for a young, higher-end defender would stand as a sensible move for a team that has had and given up on Jeff Petry, Justin Schultz, and Erik Gustafsson in recent years. Edmonton is going to be tight to the salary cap this summer so moving Nugent-Hopkins’ $6MM AAV for a younger (and presumably cheaper) blueliner would give their new GM a little bit more financial flexibility this offseason as well.